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people had to be hospitalized. i've heard of turbulence but what would you do if it was on your next flight? and student athlete make their schools millions. have they fou but don't make a dime. have they found a way to change that? welcome to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. at this hour, two capital cities half a globe away from each other are in chaos. on the left side of your screen is kiev and on the left side is venezuela. two cities consumed by protest, linked through a common theme. fury at the socialist-leaning governments that control both countries. i want to start with kiev where
scenes like this are happening in the streets. at least nine people have been killed in protests in kiev. seven civilians and two police officers. people are being told to stay inside as the violence escalates. let's go to our own phil black. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: well, i am at the independent square and there are thousands and thousands of officials here and they are trying to hold this space. this square has been occupied for close to three months now. as i said, thousands of people are passing forward, essentially a human train, one person to another, hand to hand, finger to finger. walking to a front line for some
time clearly focused on where they believe the security forces will come from. they are building barricades, all of it with the intention of slowing down any sort of police operation. >> phil, these demonstrations have been happening in the ukraine since november when the ruler of ukraine decided to not side with the eu but instead with russia. what exactly are the protesters demanding? >> reporter: well, that's right. that's what triggered all of this initially. as it has escalated, the demands of the opposition group have become a little more focused. what they want is for the president to give up many of his powers. they want the constitution to be revived. what they want is a new government and early elections so they want the opposition party to band together with a new temporary government and
hold both parliamentary elections to end this atrocity. there is no sign that the president is prepared to back down. >> all right. phil black, stay safe. turning now to venezuela where four people have already died in protests against the socialist government. it's been raging for days, these protests. the opposition leader leopoldo lopez wants to awaken venezuelans to the injustice enacted for 15 years. the government led by nicolas maduro had issued an order for lopez's arrest on charges of murder and conspiracy stemming from the protest. lopez turned himself in and was dragged away by the police.
karl penhaul is joining us. >> reporter: some protesters are being driven away to seek cover but right now houthousands of anti-government protesters are blocking the six-lane freeway that leads through the middle of caracas. they are holding that point still. we have heard from the president nicolas maduro in the last few moments and so far there's been no report of violent clashes but it's usually at night that the most violent clashes do break out. so we are on stand by for the next few hours to see if we repeat that after dark, jake. >> karl, do we know where lopez is now and what will happen to
him? >> reporter: well, as you described, leopoldo turned himself in and he was dragged away. he's being transported to a military area and helicopters hovered overhead. we thought he was going to be transported out by helicopter. that may have been a decoy because, again, in the last few minutes, the president maduro has said that leopoldo lopez has been driven to a prison. they may be taking him away from caracas to end the protests. for live reaction to these unfolding events, i want to go to john mccain who is joining me from arizona. senator, let's start with the ukraine.
the city is literally on fire. what's the latest that you know about? what is happening there? >> well, i talked to some friends who were there and it's escalating. there are a couple of factors that have caused it to escalate. one of them is the president to reform the constitution so that some method of powers that are now centered in the presidency are moved to the parliament. he has refused to do that. second, apparently putin has announced additional funds will be coming in for the bailout for the ukraine and this is all about whether the ukraine is a european nation or part of russia. this is what this is all about. the majority of ukrainians want
to be part of europe and when the eu collapsed, part of the blame for that goes for the eu negotiators. but still, that's what this is really all about. and the corruption and the son the of the president is a dentist. he's a billionaire. dentistry is pretty rewarding. and so the corruption, the lack of economic development and concern of most people in the ukraine and putin wants the ukraine in a worst way. i've very concerned about what putin does after the olympics are over. >> senator, let's turn to venezuela, the opposition there,
leop leopoldo lopez, he went to school at harvard. does the u.s. support him? >> i think the u.s. supports the right to t-- chavez i guess was able to get away with it but we have seen a steady deterioration, despite their wealth of the venezuela economy and the people are fed up with it. there's shortages, there's been all kinds of economic problems because of, again, socialism doesn't work. it's not the same circumstances, though, that are driving the situation in the ukraine. as you mentioned at the beginning, you're seeing two capitals on fire but the motivations are somewhat different in -- as to what the people's ambitions are and a lot of it has to do begins with corruption and bad government.
>> i want to read a statement from secretary john kerry about the ukraine, if we could go back to the ukraine story. he says, "we condemn the use of force by any party. we call on the government and protesters to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and to resolve political differences through high-level dialogue." obviously the protests have been going on for months. they have been exacerbated today. the death toll, senator, since you and i have been talking has gone up from 9 to 14 in the ukraine protests. what should the u.s. being doing that we are not doing? >> the president should be working with congress to prepare a set of sanctions against ukraine that would be put into effect unless this comes to a holt. it's been mentioned a couple of times by secretary kerry and others but we have to have the gun loaded.
they are ready to fire that bullet if these continue. the second thing i think we've got to do is speak out for these people. one of the greatness of america is speaking out for people that are trying to assert their rights. the president of the united states, as far as i know, has not really said anything and if he has, it hasn't been very forcefully and, third of all, we should work closely with the eu and with the imf to get a package so that they can bail out their disaster of an economy so that they will be ready to sign it and move forward with a new government and we have to side with the protesters in that power has to be dispersed from the hands of yanukovych and watch out for vladimir putin because he believes that ukraine is part of russia. >> i know you're not a fan of
vladimir putin. how much do you think he has to do with what we're seeing in the streets today? >> well, i think him saying that he's renewing the loans to the ukraine, obviously he's not a man known for his generosity. we really need to know what was behind that. but most of all, i think we need to understand that similvladimi putin is committed to the russian empire and i don't know exactly what he will do but nothing would surprise me and i think we ought to tell putin that interference in a way that -- in the ways that he might do it would be totally unacceptable to the united states. >> senator john mccain on the phone from arizona, thank you so much, sir. we appreciate it. >> thank you, jake. coming up in "the national lead," it can cause a plane to drop 1,000 feet and there's no warning. how turbulence handed five
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>> there was a lot of hollering and screaming. >> in a split second, we were tilting to the far right and plunging. it was just instantaneous. everything that everybody had in their hands were flying through the air. people were screaming. there was a lady behind me that was yelling, my baby, my baby. >> five people had to be taken to the hospital after the plane hit what is being described as, quote, mountain wave turbulence. only one remains in the hospital. mountain wave turbulence can happen even when skies are clear, like they were during this flight. it's basically when wind blows across the top of a mountain creating atmospheric waves. it can cause planes to rise or fall about 1,000 feet. joining me to talk about this is a retired captain with american airlines and he's currently the team lead for the spectrum group. mark, united airlines said this turbulence took the pilot and flight crew off guard.
is that normal? >> oftentimes it happens that way. you anticipate in mountainous terrain, where they were, that there's a potential for turbulence going through that mountain area. but, you know, oftentimes what happens is the air is still and you get it coming off the mountains which causes a disruption in air flow. >> what people may not realize is there are four different types of turbulence, light, which is what some people experience, all the way to the extreme. this has been described as a severe turbulent event. describe what that is. and how long it might last. >> it can last for a few seconds, it can last a bit longer. people are jolted out of their seats, you may lose control of the aircraft for a couple of seconds. there are different definitions for what the extreme is and that has longer time where the aircraft is not in control. this meant that the aircraft was
out of control for a couple of seconds but you're able to regain control of the aircraft and people are able to get back into their seats but you have that experience feeling, as you said before, like you've been through a clothes dryer. >> five people hospital israeiz. one woman lost hold of her baby. how serious can injuries be of something like this? >> well, if you think about it, when they tell you in an airplane, keep your seats on even if the seat belt sign is off. >> they are not joking. >> they are not kidding. there's a reason for it. it can be very severe. i personally had a friend in a severe turbulence experience where they hit the ceiling and landed down on an arm rest and had a retina detached in one of her eyes. it can be very serious. >> let's switch gears to a horrifying flight incident aboa
aboa aboard ethipian flight where the pilot left the cockpit for a minute and the co--pilot tried to hijack the plane. this is the pilot was hoping to get asylum because he felt threatened. the pilot was arrested. my question for you is, what kind of screening is in place for pilots to prevent something like this to happen. i know this is an ethiopian airline but are pilots under some sort of screening to make sure that duress wouldn't cause something like this to happen? >> the first thing is, this was not a terrorist event. this was somebody who may have been under a political situation. and it could have had a component of mental illness along with that. in the united states, when you're getting the job with an
airline, you're vetted, you're screened and going through these psychological exams all the time. in other countries, it works differently and you don't necessarily have the same level of screening that you would in the united states. >> and, in fact, a lot of these other countries have airlines that fly to the united states, ethiopia airlines flies to the united states. mark weiss, thanks very much. appreciate it. apple has already changed the way we live but will the company's next innovation actually save our lives? and in the sports lead, football players put their bodies in harm's way to make their schools billions of dollars but should student athletes be considered employees or just students? that's next. the modest first floor bedroom in tallinn, estonia and the southbound bus barreling down i-95. ♪ this magic moment it is the story of where every great idea begins. and of those who believed they had the power to do more.
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welcome back to "the lead." the sports lead right now. college football players collectively earn billions of dollars for their colleges and universities. they work long hours, including weekend and holidays. the only paycheck they see is their scholarship money. so what do you do when you're feeling undervalued and
underpaid? well, you form a union. they want to radically change the way college athletes are treated and they think unionizing might be the key to changing a century-old system. cnn's sara ganim has the details. >> reporter: it was jeff yarbarough's childhood dream to play football. >> you were one of the fastest guys in high school but now you can't run? >> i can't run. and that's kind of the -- i try not to think about it as much because the more i think about it, i definitely can get a little depressed. >> reporter: he fractured his legs while playing and now has medal rods in both. he can't afford the surgery to have them removed because there's no financial help for former colleged a leets, a big burden for someone with a
problem like his. >> it would estimate over between 20 and $30,000 to take it out. >> reporter: and that would all be on you? >> yes. >> reporter: you would have to pay for that? >> all on me. >> reporter: medical coverage is just the beginning of the criticisms of the ncaa and how they treat their college athletes but never before have current players been so vocal in standing up for themselves. that is, until now. they got together and decided that they are going to try something, something that could revolutionize the way the ncaa works. >> i would like to thank -- >> reporter: they are trying to form a union, an incredibly bold move, given the tight control over athletes in the multibillion dollar industry of college sports. the idea came from former northwestern quarterback cane colter. almost all of his teammates back him. >> the current model resembles a dictatorship. >> these guys at northwestern i
think are an inspiration. >> reporter: the athletes he's courted have organized a wrist band campaign last season and have been pushing for reform ever since. colter came to him with this idea. now they are taking their fights before the national labor relations board. >> comprehensive reform will always be elusive unless players have a seat at the table. just like the nfl. just like the nba. >> reporter: but the team is up against their own university, which has applauded their leadership but said, quote, student athletes are not employees but students and the ncaa added that, quote, their participation in college sports is voluntary. while there's growing support for reform, some question whether this is the right approach. >> i think it's just very risky. >> reporter: labor law professor richard ep stein is no fan of the ncaa. he's called it a cartel. but he doesn't think a union is the solution. >> generally speaking, putting a union opposite an industry
cartel creates more instability than it eliminates. >> reporter: but he says he's never been more proud to be a wildcat than the day those players stepped up and essentially said "enough". >> i didn't think the rest of my life at 18 or 19. again, i just thought about playing on saturdays. the fans just see saturday. they see football on saturdays. they don't know everything. they don't know the years after football. >> reporter: so jake, this hearing boils down to this. whether or not the judge thinks that players can be considered employees of the university. northwestern says, no, they are students first. the players say that's not true. football is their first priority. there was a lot of testimony today about the amount of time, rigorous schedules that goes into playing football, between 12 and 60 hours yearround and very few vacations and if the
judge agrees with them that they are employees, then they can move forward and unionize. >> sara, when could this be decided? >> reporter: this hearing is expect d to last four days. it will run through the rest of the week and then the judge has 30 days to make a decision and then, of course, after that there are appeals. the appeals could go all the way to the u.s. supreme court. it could take years before we have a decision. so it could take a long time. >> sara ganim, thank you so much. in politics, he may be swarmed by scandal but he's still a potent rainmaker for republicans. how is new jersey governor chris christie suddenly breaking fundraising records for the governor's association? and when you crash a wall street party, you may be hoping to find good cigars and booze but i'll talk to a reporter who saw a lot more than that at a secret fraternity on the streets. stay with us.
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welcome back to "the lead." sure, he's still mired in scandal in new jersey, but that hasn't stopped governor christie from making it rain for the republican party. raising $8.9 million this year with christie as chairman and $6 million in january alone. that's double what the rga says they have ever raised alone in the same time period. christie heads across the street to the hudson at the hobbit club where he'll meet with the senatorial committees. he'll make the case that the gop can take the senate and make inroads anywhere, even in blue states. is it possible? joining me is dana bash and reporter for "the new york times," jim. you're not super impressed with these numbers in terms of whether or not you think they prove, as many as christie's supporters argue, that this
scandal has gone away because he's able to raise so much money? >> i don't think they have proved it at all. not that it's not meaningful. it's great news for christie in the middle of this storm. but his constituency has been these big donors. >> and wa hat do you think, nda? >> i think there is some voyeurism going on. they want to sort of feel it, see it, taste it because they want to know if that's where their investment is going to be in the future. i think that's a big part of it. the event that he's doing tonight, interestingly, as you've pointed out, is not to raise money but it's donor maintenance but there's also going to be a fair number of republican senators and challengers who want to learn a thing or two from christie about how to learn in a blue state. >> speaking about competing and
competitions, ted nugent is campaigning with greg abbott, the current state attorney general. abbott makes no apologies. nugent called president obama a subhuman mongral. >> obviously has failed to shame enough americans to be ever vigilant to not let a chicago communist-raised, communist educated subhuman mongral, like the a.c.o.r.n. community organizer to weasel his way into the top office of authority. >> nugent was interviewed by the
secret service back in 2012. jim, kind of surprising, i think, at least on one level in a state that is turning from red to purple that abbott would do this. >> yeah. abbott has a great personal story. he suffered a grave accident and rallied back to be a huge figure in his state. it's not the kind of publicity that he needs. wendy davis was in the middle of her own problems. now he's taking the attention off of her and put it on to himself with ted nugent singing "cat scratch fever" now. >> dana? >> i think they are unapologetic about it but you would wonder if this is hate mongering politics? it's both. they are absolutely open that
ted nugent helps bring republican voters. not becauin spite of what he sat because of what he said. that should be disturbing to everyone because it's the cynical politics that everybody out there says that they hate but it actually works for them. >> kathleen willey, who says she was assaulted by the president clinton in 1990s, told wabc radio that hillary clinton is the war on women. take a listen. >> she enabled his behavior instead -- and attacked all of the women who just made the mistake of walking in front of him, crossing his path. and this is the hillary that went right up to these women -- this is the stuff that people need to hear. this is of her doing. >> now, obviously many democrats and liberals have questioned
willey's credibility but this comes at a time when we've heard a lot about the monica lewinsky scandal from conservative media. what do you make of all of this? >> i have to say, i am so surprised that this is continuing to be a storyline. you know, i think that those of us in our 40s should have the benefit of feeling younger if we're going in the past like this. that said, it is going to be an issue that hillary will have to contend with once again if she decides to run. >> all right. jim, dana bash, thank you so much. we appreciate it. when we come back, the ceo of aig, the founder of home depot, even michael bloomberg, their roll call is a who's who of power players. the reporter who snuck inside a secret fraternity on wall street joins me after the break. [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china,
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result. a report was issued today claiming that if the federal minimum wage were raised to $10.10, like some democrats want to do, it could pull an estimated 900,000 of them out of poverty. but the cbo also says that could result in anything from a small reduction in employment to as many as a million jobs disappearing from the market. in other money news, letting the booze flow, telling sexist and homophobic jokes. i'm talking about the most powerful people on wall street. members of a secret fraternity called cappa beta fi. it's off limits to the likes of people like you and me but a reporter crashed the party two years ago while researching for his book called "young money"
which hits the shelves today. inductees dressing in drag and performing skits. it seems as though they are exactly the kind of cave mannish behaviors that people see in fraternities but this young men who helped bring the economy to its knees. millionaires and billionaires joked about receiving bailouts and mean-spirited one-liners directed at politicians. >> what's the biggest difference between hillary clinton and a catfish? one has whiskers and stinks and the other is a fish. >> whoa. >> charming. watch out. the party crasher, kevin ruse, is joining us to talk about his book. i want to talk about your book called "young money," and it
comes out at a time when some of the richest americans, the so-called 1%, are complaining about society scapegoating them and in the context of this party that you crash, you argue that some of this is their own doing as exemplified by this own party. >> exactly. i heard about this party which happened in january 2012 and i thought, well, i have to go see this. i was writing a book on young wall street bankers at the time and wanted to see what happens to these people when they grow up and make it. this group, cappa beta has some of the most successful people in it and i rented a tucxedo and i walked in and nobody stopped me at the door and soon i was in this event that in 80 years no one has ever seen from outside. >> this is a roast atmosphere, right? i mean, what is a roast without
some cutting zingers here and there. >> the people they are roasting are not only their private industry but people like hillary clinton, barney frank, people like the occupy wall street movement. you have to remember, this was taking place in january 2012, just a couple of months after the occupy wall street movement had sort of risen up in resistance to the activities of the financial titan. it's almost comically tone deaf that you would have the titans of industry putting on gags and mocking people in their group. it was like "the wolf of wall street" on steroids. >> exactly. if this were a novel and that was a scene in the novel, people would be like, kevin -- >> got to cut it. i was there and i was sitting at a table and there was a going along swimmingly until i got outed as a reporter and then
pandemonium broke out. >> this brings me to the subjects of your book "young money," 22, 23, 24-year-old kids. are they a different breed than who you observed at this party? >> they are. i followed these guys around for three years. they are junior analysts, jpmorgan, all of the big banks and they do have moral compasses. part of what i wanted to know is do those go away as you go along on wall street. and if this thing still exists in 20 or 30 years and it's still going strong, then maybe wall street hasn't changed at all since the crash. but i think and i hope that today's young bankers, at least the ones that i followed, will keep more of a sort of ethical center. >> kevin, a great book. i'm looking forward to the great follow up in 25 years when we see what happened to these eight kids. best of luck with "young money." >> thank you. wolf blitzer is here with
breaking news for "the situation room." wolf, you've covered a lot of these stories like in the ukraine and kiev. >> and look how dramatic. it's really exploding right now. on the one hand you have those who want to maintain a close relationship with putin as to those out there on the streets and want to have good relations with the eu and the united states, for example. it seems to be another one of these proxy wars going on and it's a big battle between the putin forces and maybe the obama forces on the other side because it's a real struggle. it the nation is at risk right now. >> and you're taking a deep dive on your show. >> that's right. chris hill, the former u.s. ambassador at the university of denver, we're going to be talking to him about this. we're also going to be talking to him about iran. zarif spoke to students today
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it's time now for the pop culture lead. imagine the butterflies that jimmy fallon must have had swirling around his stomach when he heard the announcer say these words. >> from studio 16 in the heart of new york city, it's the tonight show starring jimmy fallon. >> he officially took over as the host of "the tonight show" in a star-studded debut that drew more than 11 million viewers. while it was important to come out of the gate firing at all
cylinders, maybe wonder if he can make it last. joining me is a blogger with a new book out called "game world." now, the tone of the show was extremely humble right from the beginning. listen to fallon during his monologue. >> i remember being the kid and asking my parents, can i stay up to watch johnny carson. that was a big deal to stay up late. they would let me watch the monologue and then i would pretend i wasn't there so they would let me watch until they went to the first guest. i think there's going to be a kid asking their parents to stay up to watch me. i hope i do well. >> it's a nice guy kind of vibe. that's kind of his thing. do you think that is possible that it will win over skeptics and win over some of the older viewers that are not familiar with him.
>> the first show, second best ratings that "the tonight show" has gotten since 2009. unfortunately, the best ratings since 2009 were when jay leno said good-bye on january 6th. you want to have the guy coming in to have better ratings than the guy going out. that could be a concern going forward. plus, they are inflated. they are performance-enhanced ratings because they are all coming after the olympics. the olympics are going to make everything seem bigger. we won't get a sense of how well he's doing until the olympics are over. >> of course, they've worked hard to make sure the guests in the first few weeks are really strong. will smith was the very first guest. check out this dance number he did with fallon in the evolution of hip-hop dance. ♪
>> we get these jokes because we are under the age of 65 but i do wonder how many of lenos normal viewers understood what was going on there or was part of the whole night trying to bridge the generational divide. >> well, that's the whole thing. fallon wants to hang on to leno's viewers, immediate age to 58 and get younger viewers, too. going viral is really the name of the game these days. he has a bigger social media footprint than leno and the video you just saw has gotten 1.7 million views on youtube so far. so that's almost half as much as "the tonight show" typically gets in viewers on tv. he's on the right track. he's got to keep on doing that. that's what comics have to do these days. they have to have bite-size portions that are put on vine or on youtube or on your facebook feed, anything that people can
pick up on and say that this guy is out there and amaking funny jokes. >> of course, his competitor does viral videos as well. thank you. be sure to follow me on twitter @jaketapper and also at @theleadcnn. now i'll turn you over to wolf. jake, thank you very much. capitals are in siege as americans are warned to stay out of sight. trading with the taliban. how far will the united states go to get back an american soldier taken captive in afghanistan. and ted nugent's slur against president obama does not keep a right-wing from appearing with the rocker. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin withre